Event description

Healthcare facilities must adapt to social, economic, and environmental forces while keeping patient care at the forefront. This BC conference highlights how healthcare facilities are becoming more responsive to balancing these objectives through the procurement, planning, and designing phases while keeping patient care patient-centred for better project outcomes.

CCHF is curating an agenda that highlights some of the critical considerations for future builds:

  • NEW Project: new Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre, how we plan cancer care in a diverse and growing area, offer integrated hospital services
  • Decarbonization and electrification: What aspects should we examine closely before making design decisions? What is the process for incorporating these changes?
  • Newly applied procurement models from Infrastructure BC from Infrastructure BC Leaders—Alliance and Progressive Design Build—how are these models evolving? Where will they be used, and what is the go-forward strategy?
  • How Burnaby Phase 2 owners in practice are implementing the new Alliance Model, the anticipated benefits to the project
  • Insights from key stakeholders gleaned from Cowichan and Burnaby Phase 2 on the Alliance Model, Progressive DB from the perspective of how the process and skills for success
  • Taking a closer look at the case for electrification in BC and asking essential questions for Health Builds
  • Major Renovation of an Existing Build & Tour: Adaptive reuse, the design, price tag and approach at Vancouver General Hospital’s Operating Rooms and patient care units
  • Mass timber in healthcare in patient care areas, lessons learned in project applications
  • Fraser Health Authority Long-Term Care team shares future build and operational, clinical and maintenance objectives to adapt new and renovated builds
  • Insights into furniture and fixtures for long-term care projects and considerations for resident’s safety and comfort
  • and more!

Join Us in Beautiful Vancouver! CCHF is also delighted to offer a social gathering at the icebreaker reception on May 1 and the post-day 1 conference reception.

The conference ticket price includes the icebreaker, reception, all conference materials, breakfast and lunch (both days), and the tour. Register early to take advantage of the best rates.

CCHF is a registered, national, not-for-profit association.

May 1 Ice Breaker Reception

Time: 7 -8 pm location TBC

Draft Agenda May 2, 3 2024 (Subject to change)


Be an early bird and meet your fellow delegates for a delicious hot breakfast.

Catch up with your peers and meet new ones.


Rita Mezei, Executive Director and C0-founder, CCHF
Mike Hickey, Board Member, CCHF

9:10 AM Panel/Presentation: The NEW Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre  – creating a model of an integrated hospital with a cancer care facility


Betina Albornoz, Chief Project Officer and Executive Director, Major Capital Projects, Fraser Health Authority
Regina Tam, Director , Clinical Lead, BC Cancer Redevelopment Project, Provincial Health Services Authority
Cherie Taylor, Executive Director, Clinical Operations & Capital Redevelopment, BC Cancer, Provincial Health Services Authority
Laura Choroszewski, Chief Clinical Planner –  Major Redevelopment & Expansion Projects, New Surrey Hospital and BC Cancer Centre, Fraser Health Authority
Cameron McPhaden, Senior Design Manager, EllisDon
Elizabeth van den Brink, Associate Principal, ZGF
Cameron Shantz, Director, Parkin Architects Western Limited

10:10 AM Break

10:30 AM   Alliance and Progressive Design Build – how these models evolve 

Jeff Good and Jason French will provide an overview of the emergence of  Alliance and Progressive Design-Build models used to procure provincial projects. Their presentation will include what Progressive Design-Build and Alliance models are as well as when and why these models would be applied.

Jason French, Assistant Vice-President, Infrastructure BC
Jeff Good, Vice-President Projects and Corporate Affairs, Infrastructure BC

11:15 AM  Owner Preparedness, Experience and Learnings for Single TOC Alliance (“Alliance”) procurement method for Burnaby Hospital Phase 2 and BC Cancer Centre

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the organizational impacts, project preparations and support requirements to pivot from traditional DB / CM to Alliance procurement model.
  • Describe the experience of the RFP Workshops and evaluation process of the Alliance Single TOC procurement.
  • Highlight the potential benefits and risks of an alternate process to select design & construction partners.

Noor Esmail, Chief Project Officer & Executive Director, Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment Project, Fraser Health Authority
Cherie Taylor, Executive Director, Clinical Operations & Capital Redevelopment, BC Cancer, Provincial Health Services Authority
Anita Wempe, Chief Clinical Planner, Fraser Health Authority

12:00 PM  Networking Lunch

1:00 PM Panel:  Further Insights from an Architects lens on design and procurement

Cameron Shantz, Director, Parkin Architects Western Limited
Ronald B. McIntyre,  Partner, Architect, DIALOG
Moderator, Christine Chadwick, Managing Director, Archus Canada

1:45 PM 

Achieving and sustaining collaboration in complex organizations

Whether it is through Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), progressive design builds or Alliance contracting, more and more owners across Canada are considering implementing various forms of collaborative delivery models for their next major project procurement. Driven by the market demands for a more sustainable method to deliver large and complex projects, the industry is shifting to a new way of working together. There is an opportunity for organizations to leverage best practices and benefit from the international guidance of ISO 44001, the Collaborative Business Relationships standard.

Like Quality, Safety, and Environment, Collaboration transcends industries and the operational practices required to achieve successful project implementation are common among them. In this presentation we will explore the common elements required in every complex project and organization to underpin and enable collaborative working.

We will focus on the following Organizational Competencies and their practical applications:

  • Leadership commitment
  • Shared goals & objectives
  • Supportive processes & infrastructure
  • Defined & appropriate measurement
  • Clearly defined roles & responsibilities
  • Competency development

Delegates will learn about the key ISO 44001 processes to enable and sustain collaboration: both on projects and within home organizations. Learning will be reinforced through examination of how these processes contributed to outcomes on recent collaborative delivery projects from across Canada.

Larisa, Tcherednitchenko, Collaborative Partnering Team Lead, WSP
Kevin Cassidy, National Market Lead Healthcare, WSP


2:45 PM RENNOVATING ORs and Patient Care Units at Vancouver General Hospital

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding the effect of universal peri-operative spaces on operational efficiency.
  • Exploring what it takes to design a universal operating room.
  • Recognizing the importance of the partnership between clinical users, facilities team, designers and the contractor for project success.

Knut Boeck, Principal, dys architecture
Shelly Fleck, Chief Clinical Planning Officer, Major Redevelopment & Expansion Projects, Lions Gate Hospital, ACF & Vancouver General Hospital
Sussanna Ko, Deputy Chief Project Officer and Director, Vancouver Acute, Capital Priorities, Planning & Projects, Vancouver Coastal Hospital

3:20 Wrap up conference Day 1

3:30 – 4:30 Sip and Savour Conference reception!

4:30 PM Transfer to VGH for Tour guests

5:00 PM – 7 PM |TOUR: Vancouver General Hospital Operating Rooms and Patient Care Units
( 1 hour tour each gowning and safety session required)


May 3, 2023 

8 – 8:45 AM Networking Breakfast

8:45 AM Introductions and Overview

9:00 AM Pulling Back the Curtain on Full Electrification to Meet Decarbonization Goals 

Is electrification always the right answer when it comes to decarbonizing our hospitals? It is no secret that at 4.6% of global GHG emissions, healthcare buildings are major contributors to global emissions, and with the pressure to decarbonize, electrification may seem like the best and obvious answer. But is it? Electrifying hospitals is not a simple matter and is it really as green as we think? Explore these questions and more as we discuss sensible approaches to electrification. Attendees of this session will come away with:

  • Awareness of the tradeoffs between patient care and energy reduction
  • Understanding of the ‘sharknado’ effect
  • Ability to assess phased and hybrid electrification options for balancing capacity and demand.

Tariq Amlani, Health Sector Lead for Canada, Stantec
Hana Ready, Designer, Health, Stantec

9:40 AM  Sapling Suggestions – Opportunities, Challenges, Solutions and Promise – The Case for Mass Timber in Healthcare

This presentation shares lessons learned and design drivers and answers  to your burning questions, including:

  • IPAC considerations
  • Biophilia/ healing environment
  • Durability/ durable building
  • Fire Protection/ life safety
  • Structural limitations/ planning impacts
  • Acoustics & vibration
  • Costs

Chris McQuillan, National Strategic Pursuits, Healthcare, Architect, HDR
Juan J. Cruz Martinez, Director, Implementation Slocan Site Redevelopment Project, BC Children’s Hospital

10:20 BREAK

10:35 AM A Climate Resilience Toolkit for BC Health Authorities

Learn about how the Portfolio-Level Climate Hazard Exposure Screen project helps prepare our health facilities for the escalating challenges of climate change, from extreme heat to wildfires to floods. Gain insights into the methodology and outcomes covering nearly 100 health facility sites in the Lower Mainland. Attendees will leave with a new understanding of emerging tools health authorities across BC are putting in place to deeply embed climate resilience into capital planning, operations and healthcare service delivery.

Key Takeaways:

  • Establishing the importance of climate resilience for health facilities
  • Understanding how current policies influence climate resilience in health facility projects
  • Summarizing emerging tools and best practices for overcoming barriers to resilient design

Robin Hawker, Introba Climate Resilience, Associate Principal
Craig Dedels,  Manager, Climate Risk & Resilience, Vancouver Coastal Health

11:15 AM PANEL: Balancing Decarbonization and Resilience 

Panelists will share their insights on how do we best balance the need to decarbonize as well as create greater resiliency in our health builds to address climate change and other emergency readiness requirements?

Tariq Amlani, Health Sector Lead for Canada, Stantec
Mara Baum, Partner, Architecture + Sustainability, DIALOG
Craig Dedels,  Manager, Climate Risk & Resilience, Vancouver Coastal Health
Jason Heinrich, Building Performance Lead, HDR

Moderator: Mike Hickey, CCHF Board Member

11:55  PM LUNCH

12:55 PM  Addressing challenges in meeting the dynamic needs of LTC Builds – Care, Comfort and Connection

Fraser Health will be presenting on the Long-Term Care work that they are actively engaged in. This includes an overview of the clinical service delivery plans, the new model of care, and how the design and infrastructure will support the requirements and standardization. The investment into new Long-Term Care projects provides the opportunity to bring forward lessons learned, best practice and a new way of thinking to provide home-like builds that are centred towards residents, families and our communities.

Catherine Lang, Clinical Leader Project and Change Management LTC Capacity and Initiatives, Fraser Health Authority
Kris Lindal, Manager, Facilities Planning Facilities Management, Fraser Health Authority
Curtis Snider, Regional Director for Capital, Equipment & Community Emergency Planning
Sarah Thorn, Manager, Planning and Projects, Facilities Management, Fraser Health Authority

1:35 PM  Evolving Our Approach: The Importance of Early, Integrated Operational Readiness and F&E Planning for LTC  

The team will share their deep experience to explore with you:

  • exploring the value of effective F&E planning for long-term operational efficiencies in home-like environments;
  • scoping requirements early to align operational performance metrics with F&E selection; and
  • lessons learned from current LTC projects, and how to best approach F&E selection to support enhanced resiliency and safety.

Patricia Santiago, Director of Operational Readiness and Move Readiness Colliers Project Leaders
Hilarie McKay, Senior Project Manager, Colliers Project Leaders

2:15 PM Wrap up & Conference Close


Sarah Thorn

  • Fraser Health
  • Manager, Planning and Projects Facilities Management

Jeff Good

  • Infrastructure BC
  • Vice-President Projects and Corporate Affairs

Curtis Snider

  • Fraser Health
  • Regional Director for Capital, Equipment & Community Emergency Planning

Patricia Santiago

  • Colliers Project Leaders
  • Director of Operational Readiness and Move Readiness

Craig Dedels

  • BC Health Authorities
  • Manager, Climate Risk & Resilience program

Cherie Taylor

  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Executive Director, Redevelopment, BC Cancer

Anita Wempe

  • Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment Project
  • Chief Clinical Planner

Noor Esmail

  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Chief Project Officer & Executive Director, Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment Project

Shelly Fleck

  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Director, Surgical Services, VA; Director VGH Simulation Centre; Director Strategic Initiatives VA at Vancouver Coastal Health

Susanna Ko

  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Deputy Chief Project Officer, Capital Projects Vancouver Acute